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Scholarship Opportunity for Students who are EmPOWERED to Serve

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Scholarship Opportunity for Students who are EmPOWERED to Serve

Are you a high school senior or full time undergraduate college student working to improve the health and wellbeing of your community? Have you been an advocate for change on your college campus? Then consider applying to this newly launched scholarship from the American Heart Association!


In recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and the National Day of Service, the American Heart Association is accepting applications for the EmPOWERED to Serve Scholars Competition from now until January 2, 2018

Six winners will be chosen by a panel of judges and each will receive one $1,500 scholarship, which will be announced January 15, 2018 via Facebook. Scholarship recipients will have an opportunity to serve as EmPOWERED To Serve ambassadors and participate in 2018 social media campaigns.

High school seniors or undergraduate students can apply or be nominated in one of the following categories:

  • Food deserts and/or food insecurity (think: access to healthy food)
  • Access to education 
  • Pharmacy deserts (think: access to pharmacies)
  • Transportation 
  • Other: heart, stroke, diabetes or overall health outcomes 

Tell us how you are serving your community by submitting a 60-second video via Facebook* with the caption “I’m the next @EmpoweredToServe scholar. #TakeMeHome.” In your video, answer the following questions:

  • What does health equity mean to you?
  • What have you don’t in the past 18 months to positively affect the health of your community, campus, or someone you love?
  • How have you made an ongoing, positive impact on your community/campus to address health and wellbeing disparities?


  • Optional: Tell us about a time when you’ve been an advocate for change in your community. How did you motivate your peers and/or community? Did you work with any decision-makers (school boards, university leadership, city council members)?

Apply today at Empowered to Serve where you can also learn details, download the application checklist and submit your video.

Through EmPOWERED To Serve, the American Heart Association is working in and with multicultural communities to remove barriers to healthy living and wellbeing.